Columbia Closes Out Season at Brown Saturday
NEW YORK - Columbia football will look to wrap up the 2012 season on a high note as they travel to Brown on Saturday to conclude the year. Kick-off is slated for 12:30 p.m.
This will mark the 77th meeting between Columbia and Brown, dating all the way back to 1902. The Bears lead the all-time series 26-48-2. In last season’s meeting, the Lions picked up a thrilling, 35-28, double-overtime win in the 2011 finale at Robert K. Kraft Field.
Last Time Out for Brown
The Bears rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to top Dartmouth, 28-24, last weekend. Brown marched 80 yards down the field and Patrick Donnelly threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Jonah Fay with 1:14 remaining for the game-winning score. Donnelly finished 20-of-32 with 233 yards and a pair of TD passes.
Last Time Out for Columbia
The Lions also had to come-from-behind last week, putting up 27 unanswered points to claim a 34-17 victory over Cornell in their final home game. Marcorus Garrett scampered to a career-high 187 rushing yards, including an 86-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that gave Columbia the lead for good. The Lions defense was also stellar, forcing four turnovers and racking up six sacks.
On the ‘Marc’
Junior Marcorus Garrett has put together an All-Ivy League caliber season. Here’s a list of the accolades he has achieved this year and more he has in sight in the final week of the season.
• At Harvard on Nov. 3, he joined an elite group of Columbia players, eclipsing 1,000 yards rushing for his career.
• With 46 yards at Brown, he will take over sole possession of fifth on Columbia’s career rushing list.
• Garrett’s 187 yards on the ground against Cornell on Nov. 10 was his fourth 100+ rushing effort of the year, making him the first Lion to accomplish the feat since Johnathan Reese in 2001. It was the most rushing yards in a game for a player since Sean Brackett scampered for 177 yards against Brown in 2009.
• For the year, he has 901 rushing yards, which is the fourth highest single-season total in school history. Garrett could move past Reese’s 2001 total of 967 yards for second on the single-season list.
• With 99-yards at Brown, Garrett would become just the second Columbia player to post a 1,000-yard rushing season, joining Reese’s 2000 total of 1,330 yards.
• Heading into this week’s matchup, Garrett is ranked third in the conference in rushing, averaging 100.1 YPG.
Connors Lays Out
Chris Connors collected Ivy League Rookie of the Week accolades after grabbing six catches for 84 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the 34-17 win over Cornell. Connors opened the scoring last Saturday with an eight-yard score and then put up the final points with a 27-yard diving, highlight reel catch in the fourth quarter.
My Favorite Martin
Josh Martin became the third defensive player to be recognized by the Ivy League, earning co-Defensive Player of the Week honors on Nov. 12. Martin was credited with three of Columbia’s six sacks and forced a pivotal fumble in the third quarter that the Lions recovered.
Empire State Bowl III Champions
For the second time in three years, Columbia claimed the “Empire State Bowl” trophy after its 34-17 victory on Saturday.